Storms Penetrate the Coastal Lands

The past month has brought four severe storms to the poorest country in the western Hemisphere. It is estimated that hundreds have lost their lives and as many as one million people have been left homeless. These storms have devastated a people who were already struggling to survive.

As you may know, much of Haiti has been deforested by farmers who cut the trees for charcoal in the cities. So when the storms hit, there is no vegetation left to capture the rain. Water quickly collects and becomes raging rivers that wash away everything. So the immediate problem is transporting food and water since many bridges and roads have been washed away. Many nations and relief organizations have begun delivering food and emergency supplies to those in the hardest hit areas. Our prayer is that much can be done to help.

Haiti H2O has worked in the villages of Basin Caiman and St Martin to provide for the essential elements of life: faith, education, water and work. We help dig wells to provide clean water; we help build schools that provide education; and we help build churches that preach the gospel. These storms have only increased the need for these essential elements.

We are taking a small group to Haiti this fall to respond to some of the immediate needs of the storm as well as to discern the direction for the next five years. We will meet with the elders and deacons and pastors of the churches and work toward a holistic plan.

We are also making plans with several churches for trips in 2009. If you would like to participate on a team, please let us know. Thank you for your prayers and support.

If you would like to contribute to this work, online gifts are administratively easier to handle:Â HYPERLINK “http://www.networkforgood.org/” http://www.networkforgood.org/Â (type in keyword Haiti H2O). You are also welcome to use the enclosed contribution envelope. Again, thank you!

Sincerely,

Sarah VanderMolen
Director Haiti H2O